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Walmart apologized to GOP Sen. Josh Hawley on Wednesday after a tweet from its official account called the Missouri lawmaker a “sore loser.”
The retailer blamed a member of its social media team for the since-deleted snarky tweet, saying the employee had intended to send it from their personal account.
Earlier Wednesday, Hawley tweeted a statement announcing he would object to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory at the Electoral College certification process in the Senate on Jan. 6.
Walmart responded to the tweet, writing: “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #SoreLoser.”
Hawley, a rising star in the GOP, fired back, attacking the company’s labor practices.
“Thanks @Walmart for your insulting condescension. Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?” he wrote.
“Or maybe you’d like to apologize for the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business.”
Walmart issued a swift mea culpa in response to Hawley, tweeting, “The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team. We deleted the post and have no intention of commenting on the subject of certifying the electoral college. We apologize to Senator Hawley for this error and any confusion about our position.”
The 40-year-old lawmaker on Wednesday became the first senator to announce he would object to the results of the election.
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did,” Hawley said in a statement.
It guarantees one last stand for President Trump, who unsuccessfully argued in lawsuits that widespread fraud handed narrow wins to Biden in swing states.
Next week, the House and Senate will vote independently on whether to accept the Electoral College results, which went 306-232 for Biden.
But the objection will likely be defeated, since Democrats will hold the House and both chambers must accept a challenge.
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